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Research Article

Medical manpower two years on.

Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: (Published 03 March 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:595
  1. J Parkhouse


    Medical manpower in Britain, with particular reference to the NHS, was analysed for 1976 and 1977. The output of British medical schools increased. The total of doctors in the NHS rose by 2% between 1975 and 1976 and by 2.4% between 1976 and 1977. The highest and lowest growth rates were in junior and senior hospital staff grades respectively, while the highest growth rate in career grades seemed to be in community medicine and health. The inflow of overseas doctors remained high, though few tended to remain permanently in Britain. Continuous evaluation of the medical manpower position is needed before long-term predictions can confidently be made.